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Sacred candles at Boudha Nath Sugpa

When is the best time to visit Nepal?

Between October and December is the best time to visit Nepal as the skies are generally clear and the views spectacular. The weather remains dry until about April.

January and February can be very cold, especially at night, but will reward you with incredible panoramas and quieter trekking trails as there are fewer visitors. Late spring is a beautiful time to travel as the rhododendrons burst into bloom.

From May, heat and humidity levels build until the monsoon rains arrive in June and the clouds obscure the glorious mountain views. Nepal celebrates festivals all year, so there is often a festival or pilgrimage taking place - ask your specialist for more details as the dates often change from year to year.

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You need to wrap up warm to keep out the cold but my favourite time to travel in Nepal is December when there are fewer visitors on the trek routes. The mountain views are clear (and snowy) making for great photo opportunities. You just need to plan in advance to avoid high flight costs.

Niall, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka Specialist

Nepal Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Chitwan National Park 22°C 21mm 24°C 13mm 30°C 16mm 35°C 30mm 35°C 87mm 33°C 329mm 32°C 467mm 32°C 467mm 31°C 287mm 30°C 85mm 27°C 7mm 23°C 3mm
Kathmandu 17°C 16mm 19°C 20mm 24°C 34mm 27°C 56mm 28°C 118mm 28°C 257mm 27°C 390mm 27°C 349mm 26°C 220mm 25°C 68mm 22°C 8mm 18°C 12mm
Namche Bazaar 6°C 14mm 6°C 21mm 10°C 31mm 13°C 37mm 15°C 56mm 16°C 175mm 16°C 295mm 16°C 273mm 15°C 167mm 13°C 63mm 9°C 7mm 7°C 7mm
Pokhara 18°C 27mm 20°C 19mm 26°C 49mm 29°C 96mm 29°C 254mm 29°C 527mm 28°C 738mm 28°C 694mm 27°C 378mm 26°C 120mm 22°C 5mm 19°C 4mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Nepal

One horned rhino, Bardia National Park, Nepal

Visiting Nepal in December - February

From late December through to February, Nepal's weather is pleasant during the day but temperatures drop significantly at night time; especially in the mountains. January is the coldest month, but fewer visitors results in quieter sightseeing opportunities. Many hotels and lodges offer fireplaces, blankets and hot water bottles to keep you cosy.

Events & Festivals

  • Wildlife in Nepal (October to April): Nepal's wildlife is worth exploring during the drier months. Chitwan and Bardia are two of the better protected national parks, offering great sightings of rhinos, monkeys, birds and even elephants.

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